Can waffles be paleo? For hardcore paleo purists, absolutely not. For paleo enthusiasts like myself, absolutely!
In the paleosphere, a waffle can be a bastion of hope in the desolate landscape of bread-free sandwiches and maple syrup free breakfasts. My tiny human enjoys the occasional maple syrup soaked breakfast, so these cassava flour waffles do the trick. I prefer a savoury breakfast so these waffles double as the bread for a fried egg and bacon sandwich or a lemony eggs benedict.
I had a waffle maker in the past that created the most sad, flat waffles. I wanted fluffy grain-free waffles that paleo dreams are made of. After coveting a fancy flippable belgian waffle maker I finally took the plunge on buying a mid-range model (this one in Canada + this one is USA) just after I had my second child. I think it was part delirium or high hopes that I'd be baby wearing and making waffles all the time but that waffle maker didn't budge from the box for 8 months but let-me-tell-you, once it did my dreams came to fruition. These waffles are fluffy and crispy with a bit of a lemony tang and freeze extremely well for reheating in the toaster for quick breakfasts and late-night snacks.
cassava flour waffles
makes 16 quarters
240 grams cassava flour
4 tbsp baking powder
3 tbsp coconut sugar or raw sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 eggs - separated
3/4 cup ghee, melted or grassfed butter
1.5 cups unsweetened cashew milk
2 tbsp vanilla
zest of one lemon
Preheat belgian-style waffle maker. Combine cassava flour, baking powder, kosher salt, and coconut sugar in a medium mixing bowl.
Using an electric mixer, or by hand, whisk egg whites until fluffy and stiff.
Add egg yolks, ghee, cashew milk, vanilla and the zest of one lemon to the dry ingredients and stir until all the ingredients are fully incorporated. With a spatula, fold in egg whites carefully, trying to keep the egg whites fluffy in the thick batter.
Open heated waffle maker - spoon about 1/3 cup of batter on the waffle griddle, close and use manufacturers instructions for cooking. The waffle should easily come off of the griddle when it is finished - about 7 minutes for a crispy waffle.
Serve + enjoy!
Freezer instructions: Let waffles cool completely + place in a freezer safe container or bag. The waffles keep well for 3 months in the freezer. To re-heat use toaster or oven.
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